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Distinctive Department Spotlight: Dr. Andrea Hughes, Education Department

What brought you to Evangel?

Evangel has an incredible reputation in the field of Education. Luckily, a mentor of mine saw the job posting and shared it with me and I applied immediately. I truly believe the Lord opened the doors to Evangel at just the right time. My husband and I had just welcomed our son into the world and we were looking to come home to Southwest Missouri when the position became available. I knew that it was the perfect place to call home!

How did you know that education was your calling?

When I registered for college I wanted to be pre-veterinary, however, the Lord had other plans. When the admissions counselor asked my major I immediately said education. I truly looked around wondering if I had actually said that or if it was someone else! That was one of the most clear times I heard the Lord and I am so thankful for being obedient because Education is the most rewarding and incredible profession.

How does Evangel prepare educators to positively impact the world?

Helping teachers see the mission work they are doing daily is something we highly value. Teaching teachers the value of relationships and knowing that each child was placed in their classroom for a purpose and with a purpose. Once relationships are built and students know their value, teachers can teach using the best practices they learned here at Evangel. It is truly a ripple effect, helping each child reach their max potential impacts the world!

How have you seen God work in and through your life during your time here?

My faith has continued to grow and strengthen since I’ve been at Evangel. When I first started at Evangel, I had lost my grandmother unexpectedly about six months earlier. The peace and comfort that I felt transitioning to this job was overwhelming. I know that the Lord brought me here to connect me with the amazing friends and coworkers who support me, pray with and for me, and truly care about me. The minute you step on campus you truly feel the community that is Evangel.

What would you say to a student considering coming to Evangel and pursuing a degree in Education?

Evangel has a group of professors and faculty that desires the best for you! We strive to meet you where you are and help you continue to grow as an educator. You will be receiving not only a top notch education, but a group of mentors that will pray for you and your students! 

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